by Alphaville Herald on 29/09/04 at 9:44 am
Seems as thought TSO Players aren’t the only ones who are fed up with the abuses of the Stratics Mods. I just came across the following petition asking that the UO discussion forums be moved out from under stratics control. The reasons are familiar (petition is reprinted below) and the comments by the signatories are worth reading as well. Here is a recent one:
“It’s a sad state of affairs the Stratics boards have come to. The moderators there act as if they are some special “UO God or Goddess” that is to be worshipped. They do not allow open discussion of ideals, but rather strictly define only postiive comments about themselves and EA. “
Hmm, did someone say that Brekke was in charge of UO too?
To: UO Players
Dear fellow Ultima Online players,
The time has come to send a petition to EA about the “Official” Ultima Online forums. As it stands, the Ultima Online forums are hosted with Stratics, a massive site with tons of content and numerous staff. The main problems with this is the fact half the time, the site is down, or unresponsive, or just pitifully slow.
Other problems which have been highlighted recently include the stratics’ advertisers putting spy ware and possible viruses on people’s pc’s, this isn’t the first time this has happened either. The stratics management is uninformed as to what’s classified as Spy ware and what isn’t, which is evident in Comm. Director’s own words, which stated…
“Assuming we’re talking about the same DoubleClick – DoubleClick is the leading maker of software used to deliver advertising (www.doubleclick.com). This isn’t spy ware (although some anti-spy ware programs will remove it), it’s simply a run-of-the mill cookie to decide what ad to serve to you when.”
But when you look up information on these cookies, each site you go to explicitly states..
“DoubleClick is a mainstream ad network that uses various ways, including spy ware cookies, to target advertising.
On line ad company DoubleClick used Web bugs that could communicate with cookies from its Web site. The cookies then revealed past on line behaviour, even home addresses, IP addresses, and phone numbers to the bugs, and the bugs sent that information straight back to DoubleClick.
There are also numerous stories circulating that people have been banned improperly due to personal vendettas by the Stratics Moderators and Admins. Emails sent to the admin address for complaints and concerns, 99% of the time, go unanswered. Complaints via private messaging to admins about other users using the private messaging feature to harass and insult, go unresolved. Stratics offers a lot to it’s users, but what people need is a board which is up 24/7, 365 days of the year and is run by professionals who are paid to do their job and don’t have personal grudges against the posters.
So what are we (The players) asking for? A board which is moderated by dedicated staff, who know ultima on line and are paid for their job as professional moderators. A board which is up 24/7, 365 days a year A board which actually loads in a reasonable time frame and doesn’t suffer from SQL Errors A board where the users privacy is protected and isn’t stolen by spy ware A board where the users don’t have to worry about viruses and spy ware. A board where harassment complaints are actioned apon A board where complaints and concerns sent to the proper authorities gets an ANSWER and a resolution if possible.